Average Salary for University of Idaho Alumni

Combining good value and great education, the University of Idaho is ranked in the top 21 percent of universities by return on investment. Alumni report high financial returns compared to the tuition they paid to attend this a university based in Moscow, Idaho. This small-town school with athletic appeal is the stomping ground for many students who go on to live in nearby cities, including Seattle, Wash., Boise, Idaho, and Spokane, Wash. The data for this snapshot was collected from UI graduates who took PayScale's salary survey.

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University of Idaho Alumni

Median Salary by Job

National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are the gross, national median (50th percentile). Pay can vary greatly by location.
Mechanical Engineer
7 salaries
Project Engineer
5 salaries
Electrical Engineer
4 salaries
Operations Manager
4 salaries
General / Operations Manager
4 salaries
Attorney / Lawyer
4 salaries
Design Architect
4 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 295
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About This School

875 Perimeter Drive
Moscow, ID 83844-2282

University of Idaho College of Law



State School, Research University, For Sports Fans

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The UI alumni find work in an assortment of industries including the engineering services industry, the education industry, and public K-12 education. The architectural services industry registers as the most common industry among alumni. Graduates of the UI earn approximately $63K on average.


Male graduates of UI out-earn their female counterparts significantly, earning an average of $77K versus $54K for women.


The biggest paychecks among UI alumni are earned by Electrical Engineers — these former students make a median salary of $83K per year. The next biggest paychecks go to Attorneys (about $81K) and Mechanical Engineers (around $73K). Sliding in near the bottom are Design Architects, who report earnings of $47K.


Home to a large number of UI alums, Boise, Idaho is by far the most attractive city for these former students. In addition, former UI students often head to Seattle, Wash. after graduating, where the median salary comes to $76K in this top-paying city. Though Denver, Colo. takes the cake for lowest pay among UI grads (the median salary is around $40K there), it remains a common destination for former students. Spokane, Wash. and Moscow, Idaho also rank high on the list of cities.

Degree Major

A graduate with a Master of Business Administration (MBA), Project Management from UI can rake in a whopping average $145K per year, more than any other degree from this school. On the other end of the spectrum, those with a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), Business Management tend to do the worst in terms of salary, making an average approximately $39K per year.


Engineering Design commands a pay premium of 25 percent for former Vandals. Slightly less than a fifth of grads report using Project Management as part of their job, making it the most popular skill. Other top skills include Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, and Engineering Design.

Benefits and Perks

As for time away from work, just under half of the respondents are compensated for vacation days, but only one-third of alumni can take paid time off due to illness. Most survey participants receive health insurance, and a fair number of former students get dental coverage. A large number of grads allocate some part of their earnings to a company-sponsored 401(k) savings plan. Graduates of University of Idaho are also recipients of life insurance, a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, and flexible hours.

Related Schools

Median pay for Kansas State University grads is about $63K, making their salaries most similar to those of UI grads. Other schools similar to UI include the Utah State University, the University of Wyoming, and the University of Nevada-Reno.

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ACT Scores 20 26

Key Stats for University of Idaho


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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 89 votes.
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